Josh Russell



Top Teams Turn To Raybestos® Racing Brake Packages

McHenry, IL — March 2, 2011  - Over the past two seasons, racecars equipped with Raybestos® brake products, a member of the Affinia Group family of brands, dominated NASCAR®’s hard braking short tracks.  In the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup season alone, the Raybestos-equipped cars of elite NASCAR team Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) posted a series-leading 11 Sprint Cup race wins, in addition to 52 Top Ten finishes. The JGR achievement, and commanding performances on the sport’s toughest braking tracks, did not go un-noticed by competitors.

Before the start of the 2011 race season, perennial NASCAR favorites such as Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports announced their decisions to move to the Raybestos product range. "We are thrilled that all the Roush Fenway and Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) Fords are moving to the complete Raybestos brakes package for Short Track and Road Course events,” said Josh Russell, Affinia's Director of Sales & Marketing for Raybestos Racing Brakes & Chassis. “These teams rely on superior braking performance in order to be competitive."

"Roush Fenway and RPM wanted reduced weight and enhanced stopping power,” said Russell. “The Raybestos package delivers on both counts. We are very excited, because this represents new technical partnerships with an expanded roster of Fords."   

NASCAR team drivers, crew chiefs and competition directors have high expectations for the on-track advantage they believe the Raybestos brake packages will deliver when the green flag flies.

After capturing his third straight Martinsville win in October 2010, Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin gave insight into how superior stopping power gave him an advantage late in the race. “The Raybestos brakes were amazing,” Hamlin said. “This is probably the best I’ve ever felt, as far as brake package… it just seems like every time we come here we have a little bit better brake package than what we did before. And it just seemed like this one, no matter how hard I use them, we have no temperature, we don’t show any temperature and ultimately it helps us run harder and not maybe pay the consequence of maybe blowing a tire in the long run. I had a hard pedal all day. Look at 90 percent of my passes that happened today. It was because I dive bombed somebody getting in corner and out braked them.”

To challenge the corners in places like Richmond and Sonoma, Raybestos NASCAR partner teams equip their cars with the Raybestos Sprint Cup short track brakes package, which include Raybestos legendary high-friction racing brake pads. The ultra-lightweight aluminum alloy Raybestos six-piston calipers are the stiffest and lightest calipers available in all of NASCAR. The innovative calipers were developed using a state of the art “optimized design” process from Alcon; a Raybestos technology partner. The calipers include an asymmetric body design and advanced between-piston and crossover cooling features.  The brake package also provides the largest brake pad volume (surface area) and largest rotor (13.15” outside diameter, and 1.65” thick) available in NASCAR.

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